The Department of History, Geography, and Philosophy at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will hosts a keynote & conference entitled, Representing Enslavement: Louisiana’s Past in the Present on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Clifton Chenier Center Auditorium.
Admission is free and open to the public. Speakers include Freddi Williams Evans, Dread Scott, Dr. Ibrahima Seck, Leon Waters, Robin McDowell, Dr. Phebe Hayes, Dr. Jonathan Earle, and Daphne Thomas.
The conference is preceded by a keynote lecture on Thursday, March 14, at 6:00 pm in H.L. Griffin Hall, Rm 147 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. LaKisha Simmons of the University of Michigan will deliver the keynote lecture, “Black Women’s Memories: Monuments, History, and the Louisiana Sugar Plantations of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade.’”
Experts from across the state will teach the history of enslavement in Louisiana. Conference organizer Dr. Ian Beamish says the keynote presentation and conference aims to connect historians with the community, in an effort to teach the public history of enslavement in Louisiana.
“Representing Enslavement is an evening keynote and one-day conference designed to bring together experts and practitioners in the public history of enslavement in Louisiana. The conference seeks to foreground the perspective of artists, museum professionals, academic historians, public historians, and organizers in order to make present this history in Lafayette and Acadiana. We hope this event can be a first step to making lasting changes in the way the history of enslavement is represented across Louisiana.”